New Year With Rotary RIF Program

The Rotary Club of Tryon started a new year with the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program at Polk Central Elementary School. Rotarian Carolyn Jones managed the RIF program for 18 years, but this year passed the job onto Rotarian David Hosick and his wife Joanie.

The RIF program was started at Polk Central Elementary in 2004 and schedules three visits to the school year. During each visit, the students hear stories read by Rotarians and receive one new book to take home. The goal of the program is to help students improve their academic skills through an increased focus on the importance of reading.

Students can attend Polk Central Elementary for 7 years (PreK through 5th Grade) and receive 3 books each year. Over the time the students are enrolled, the Rotary Club of Tryon will provide 21 books for the student’s home library. The home libraries can be used to help the student’s younger siblings begin reading at home.

The Rotary Club of Tryon meets every Thursday at the Presbyterian Church in Tryon. If you are interested in learning more about the Rotary Club of Tryon and the work we are doing in the community, please contact the Rotary Club of Tryon President, Carol Browning, at or 864-580-1000.